Auto bomb kills 5 police, 2 civilians in southwest Pakistan

Jerome Frank
October 19, 2017

A Pakistani Taliban suicide bomber rammed a vehicle into a police truck in the southwestern city of Quetta on Wednesday, killing at least seven people, police said.

According to DawnNews, security sources claimed a roadside bomb exploded just as a police vehicle carrying 35 police personnel passed the area.

Security forces have cordoned off the area while BDS personnel are collecting evidence to ascertain exact nature of the blast.

Rescue teams immediately rushed to the spot and shifted bodies and the injured persons to Quetta Civil Hospital.

The Tahreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on the security forces.

Ayub Qureshi, the provincial police chief, said a counter-terrorism police officer was shot and killed in another part of Quetta as authorities were dealing with the suicide bombing.

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He said the war against terrorism was not over and would go on until the last terrorist was eliminated. While 22 others were injured and are being treated at the hospital in Quetta.

"It appears that 80 kilograms of explosives were used in the attack", Cheema said. He further said that Sariab Mill incident will be thoroughly probed and the culprits will be brought to book.

Bugti said the truck carrying the police officials was on its way to the city to drop them at their posts when the suicide bomber rammed into the vehicle.

Also Wednesday, a roadside bombing near a tribal area along the border with Afghanistan killed two troops.

The Pakistani Taliban said the attack was a "suicide mission".

Security forces are frequently attacked by militants in the province. He said that in Pakistan there is no entity of terrorist organization Daish whereas the militants are using the Afghan soil for their nefarious designs. Earlier in June, 14 people ─ including seven policemen ─ were killed in a powerful blast in Quetta's Gulistan Road area.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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